Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays
Enjoy summer Sundays cycling along car-free roads in Canada’s Capital Region. Since 1970, the National Capital Commission has opened scenic parkways to cyclists in Ottawa and Gatineau Park.
Cycling on Parkways in Ottawa and Gatineau Park
Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays takes place Sunday mornings, from Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend. Over 50 kilometres of parkways in Ottawa and Gatineau Park are open for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners and walkers.
Experience the beauty of Canada’s Capital Region in a fun and environmentally friendly way. Take the parkways and cycle along the Rideau Canal or the Ottawa River, or through beautiful Gatineau Park.
The program is sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent, and runs mainly through the support of volunteers.
Note: Scooter-type power-assisted bikes are not allowed on the parkways when they are closed for Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays.
Parkways Reserved for Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays
9 am to 1 pm
Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (9 kilometres)
The westbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, located on the south side of the Ottawa River just west of the downtown core, from Vimy Place (Canadian War Museum) to Carling Avenue.
Colonel By Drive (8 kilometres)
Both lanes of Colonel By Drive, located on the east side of the Rideau Canal, from the Laurier Bridge to the Hog’s Back Bridge.
Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway (8 kilometres)
Both lanes of the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway, running along the south side of the Ottawa River, just east of the downtown core, from the Aviation Parkway to St. Joseph Boulevard in Orléans.
Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays is cancelled on Colonel By Drive, Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway on Sunday, May 24, for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.
In Gatineau Park
6 am to 11 am — 27 kilometres for cyclists who enjoy steep hills!
Fortune Lake Parkway
6 am to 1 pm — 3.5 kilometres north of Chemin du Lac-Meech Lake Road (parking lot P8). This section is ideal for families with young children.
|Washrooms||There are washrooms in some parks.|
|Parking||Free and paid parking is available.|
|Universal Accessibility||The parkways are universally accessible.|
NCC Volunteer Programs
You can rent a bike at one of the following locations:
For more information, see Parks, Paths and Parkways — Visitor Information.